From red to white, from dry to sweet, from bold to subtle, with so many varieties of wine, there is something for everyone to love. If you want to get the most out of your wine drinking experience, there are a few simple tips to help you better understand the beauty of your wine. Enjoy the vinos in our Hickory Farms gift baskets by using these tips for drinking and sampling wine.
Refine your Palette
Wine is a lot more fun to drink when you pick out the deep complexities of flavor that come in each glass. When tasting a wine, there are four basic steps.
First, you want to look at the color of your wine. Notice how the Cabernet Sauvignon in our Hickory Farms Reserve Dry Salami and Wine Pairing is a beautiful deep ruby red, while the Chardonnay in our Toast the Traditions basket is a buttery yellow.
The next step is to smell your wine. Try to find at least two familiar scents and identify the primary and secondary notes.
Now, it is time to taste your wine. Pay attention to both the flavor and structure. Structure refers to the feel of the wine, whether it is sweet, light, or acidic.
Finally, take a moment to think about the overall experience of the wine.
Serve like an Expert
Now that you know how to best enjoy the flavor of the wine, perfect your presentation with some serving tips.
To allow your wine to breathe properly, make sure you start with the best glassware for the variety you will be serving. When serving a red wine, pour it in a decanter about a half hour before your guests arrive. You can bring out more flavor when your wine is at the proper temperature. White wines should be served cold, while red wines should be slightly cool.
In our Hickory Farms wine gift baskets, you will find a great assortment of wine combined with fantastic pairings, including cheeses and chocolates. Bring home your wine gift basket today and try out these tasting tips to host a truly elegant soiree.